Akwi is an award-winning writer, performer, and visual artist. Her work and words have appeared on stage from California's Wine Country to New York's Fashion Week. She is founder of an arts organization called The Hook, a member of the Iowa Arts Council Board, the creator of a nationwide audio and visual storytelling arts initiative called The Remoir Project, a 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellow, and a champion of the artist and the arts through her role as producer of multi-media arts events in the Midwest.
Her visual art serves as manifestations of her exploration of race, gender, Black history as American history, and a parallelism of current social issues with their historical and cultural counterparts. As a writer, voice artist, performer, and producer her collaborative partners include Emmy-award winning composers and nationally-renowned dancers and choreographers.
While engaged in a fulfilling and successful art career, she also works with companies and organizations as a keynote speaker on the topics of art as community-building; storytelling as effective marketing; the science of stories to build empathy; and the intersection of art, economy, and civic wellness.
Prior to becoming a full-time artist, speaker, and independent consultant, she was most recently Director of Communications at the fourth largest employer in her county and serving more than 20,000 stakeholders. Her professional expertise uniquely spans the corporate and creative world, positioning her as a sought-after voice on strategic creative communications in the Midwest region. For her efforts in the business community, she was named one of Corridor Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.
Akwi was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and raised in Cameroon, Africa. Her experiences as a Cameroonian and Cameroonian American inform her work as she explores the intersections of gender, parenthood, race, tensions between "outsider" and "insider", and concepts of geographical and spiritual home. She lives in the Midwest with her two daughters, a dog, and two cats. The stage is her first love, art her truest home.
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